Saturday, August 23, 2014

Three and a Half Years After the #Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Nature Slowly Taking Over Deserted Futaba-Machi


Futaba-machi is located just outside Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Almost entire town is designated as "areas difficult for the residents to return" ("within 5 years", according to the national government's euphemism - oh wait, solid plan?) because of the high levels of radioactive contamination from the nuclear accident. Part of Futaba-machi was exposed to radiation levels as high as 1,590 microsieverts/hour on March 12, 2011, before the hydrogen explosion of Reactor 1.

Even though over 3,000 workers continue to work on any given day at the plant right outside the town, Futaba-machi is deserted, and the mother nature is slowly taking over.

Photographs of Futaba-machi taken in front of the arch at the town entrance that says "Nuclear Energy Is the Energy for the Bright Future":

April 25, 2011, from Asahi Shinbun. The street still looked neat and clean, as if nothing had happened.


July 2012, from the blog of Mineyuki Fukuda, LDP politician from Kanagawa:


About the same time period as the photo above, this photo was taken with a man holding the sign "Destruction" over the word "Bright" in "Bright Future" on the arch. It was his slogan he created when he was in the 6th grade:


July 2013, from Google Street View:


A differen part of Futaba-machi in July 2012, from Collabo Corp OB blog. The words on the arch says "Nuclear Energy Creates Rich Society and Rich Town":


The same arch, in 2014, from the 8/20/2014 tweet by @akauntok:


Railroad, from Google Street View (as of July 2013):


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"with a man holding the sign "Destruction" over the word "Bright" in "Bright Future" on the arch. It was his slogan he created when he was in the 6th grade: .. "

He may as well add to it: ""Nuclear Energy Is the Energy for Destruction: Potassium analogs contra Life"

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Futaba to be turned into (permanent) nuclear debris dump.

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Something tells me "the land of the free" would have trouble matching this ..

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http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/08/worried-living-disaster-area-30000-tokyo-households-moved-number-fukushima/

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